Religious Persecution as a Global Issue

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In 2013, a study taken by Open Doors, a group that works against Christian persecution worldwide, showed that the number of Christians killed for their faith had nearly doubled since 2012. The number of Christians killed in 2013 was 2,123, whereas the number in 2012 was 1,021. While religious persecution may not be as much of a threat in the United States, where religious freedom is celebrated, this persecution occurs around the world to many different groups – even ones considered a majority in the U.S. Persecution happens to many different religious groups worldwide – not just one in particular. In North Korea, Christians are treated horribly. They are not allowed to express their religion, or even own something as harmless as a Bible without severe consequences. In North Korea, “Being caught with a Bible is grounds for execution or a life-long political prison sentence. An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians live in concentration camps, prisons, and prison-like circumstances under the regime of leader Kim Jong-Un” (Miller). Christians are living in awful circumstances and in some cases are being put to death, all for something as innocent as owning a Bible. In addition, Atheists are being persecuted in many areas in the world. Throughout the world, “Restrictions are many. IHEU figured that ‘in effect, you can be put to death for expressing Atheism in 13 countries’” (Bandow). Not following or identifying with a religion is something that cannot be controlled– yet in 13 countries, Atheists can lose their lives for choosing not to believe in any faith or spiritual deity. Murdering a human being for something beyond their control is not a humane thing to do. Sunni Muslims are persecuted against in many parts of the world as w... ... middle of paper ... ...edom – the freedom to celebrate their religion. Works Cited Bandow, Doug. "Doug Bandow: Religious Persecution Extends to Nonreligious." The Orange County Register. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. Bassey, Pamay. "4 Ways You Can End Racism, Religious Persecution." Dominion of New York. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. Heneghan, Tom. "About 100 Million Christians Persecuted around the World: Report." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 08 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2014 Lesley, Alison. "Religious Violence, Discrimination, Intolerance at an All-Time High in Some Countries." World Religion News. N.p., n.d. Web. Miller, Joshua R. "Christians Killed for Faith Nearly Doubled in 2013, Group Finds." Fox News.com. Fox News Channel, n.d. Web. Tatchell, Peter. "Iran's War on Sunni Muslims." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 16 Oct. 2008. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.

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